Beacon nabs ‘World’ remake

Vet producer Gruskoff to develop English version

ROME — Beacon Communications is acquiring U.S. remake rights to the 1999 Italian feature “Not of This World,” with veteran producer Michael Gruskoff attached to develop the English-language version.

News out of Italy indicated that the deal between Beacon and Paola Corvino of Italian sales outfit IntraMovies was signed at the recent American Film Market.

But Gruskoff told Daily Variety that some underlying rights are still to be cleared before the agreement is finalized and a screenwriter can be attached to the project.

The intimate drama centers on a young nun’s discovery of an abandoned baby, which brings her into contact with an emotionally crippled loner. Encounter has a significant impact on both of their lives.

Original pic was distributed theatrically in the U.S. in early 2000 via John Daly and Mark Tollner’s EnterTech Releasing. But despite strong reviews, commercial results were modest.

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